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>> for jand patel, thanks for joining us. >> and we'll see you at 6:00. tonight on "world news," hurtling higher. gas prices climbing by the day. we seek answers to what is ahead and what can be done. bouncing back. nearly 200,000 new jobs. so, who is hiring big time tonight? and what about the out-of-work americans you met here, have they landed a job? what happened? a high school sports star makes the winning play, then collapses and dies. we learned what happened to his heart. and made in america. your great ideas for keeping jobs here at home. tonight, the american worker is our "person of the week." good evening.
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they were out there today at just about every gasoline station in america, 114,000 stations across the country. the workers pulling down one set of prices and slapping up new, higher ones. prices all americans have seen climb almost every single day. since the start of the year, take a look at this, the average price of a gallon has jumped 10%, from $3.07 to $3.38. so, we sought an answer. how much higher can this go? matt gutman reports in tonight from hollywood, florida. $3.53 next to you, matt. >> reporter: that's right, diane, and oil prices today closed at their highest level since any time since september 2008, just a little over $104 a barrel. and the experts we spoke to said even they were surprised by how quickly these gas prices followed. and they said the soaring prices are not likely to slow down any time soon. not since hurricane katrina shut down one-third of the nation's
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refineries has the price of gas shot up this high this fast. almost 20 cents in the last week alone. and rising. the spike especially painful for folks like contractor daniel huff. it now costs him $200 a month more to fuel his pickup than just this past january. and you can't very well drive a hybrid or something. >> no, i can't drive one of those little eco-friendly gocarts. >> reporter: and an even more painful milestone may be around the corner. >> there's a lot of talk about $4 a gallon, maybe by the time we get to memorial day. i wouldn't be surprised to see that happen. >> reporter: last time that happened, june 2008, it contributed to the worst economic nose dive in decades. >> we'll have to make changes, cuts, and, you know, we got to budget just like anybody else. >> reporter: but each one cent increase in gas prices equals a loss of $1.2 billion in consumer spending over a year. that means the increase in gas prices over the last month cost
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the economy $41 billion. fears that this will bring a recovery to a standstill have senators lobbying the president to flood the market with some of the u.s. strategic petroleum reserve. with 727 million barrels of oil, it's the largest reserve on the planet. >> i do believe that the announcement of a strategic petroleum reserve sale would help to moderate escalating prices. >> reporter: but experts differ on how much of a real impact that oil would have on gas prices. >> a lot of what's happening is fear. what could go wrong? but the release of the oil supply maybe reduces a little bit of that fear. >> reporter: the president's response? not yet. and diane, unless things in the middle east worsen, analysts tell us that these gas price hikes will probably take a bite out of the economic recovery but probably won't cripple it. diane. >> okay. we hope, matt, especially now that something else was heading higher today,
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and this time, welcome news. jobs. a strong 192,000 new jobs added last month. unemployment dropping to 8.9%. and david muir has been looking into these new jobs, where they are, david? >> reporter: welcome news, diane. you know, for millions of americans this has been a very long road back to finding a job. and all of us here have been watching that one number, the average time to find a job, 37 weeks now. but tonight, these new numbers show that excruciating wait time might finally be shrinking. behind those unemployment numbers that have been so stubborn until now, we know there have been millions of americans trying to find new work. "world news" has documented that determined journey for so many. it was a year ago we met barry scott, a software sales manager, out of work for 25 months. he'd applied for 475 jobs. at the time, he was exasperated. >> i'm actually talking to a company in australia. i may have to do something as crazy as that to find a way to get a job. >> reporter: today, we reached him on his cell phone, on a bus from a sales convention for his new job. and listen to these numbers. how many interviews did you go
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on? >> i had about 95 first interviews and about 25 to 30 second, third interviews. >> reporter: he was determined. and today, this new, lower unemployment rate was not only welcomed by him, but a sign that jobless winter is starting to thaw. >> today's employment number was a clear sign that the recession is over. >> reporter: so, who is hiring? today, we learned american manufacturers for one. factories adding 33,000 jobs over the past month. construction firms hiring 33,000 americans, too. and another encouraging sign, american families eating out more. 21,000 new jobs because of it. >> all of which suggests that there's good momentum behind the economy going forward. >> reporter: fred sherrod is hoping that momentum carries him. the 52-year-old lost his job in merchandising for home depot and has been looking for two years now, applying for more than 200 jobs. he told us then -- >> it affects one's pride, you know, i think it effects a lot of people in so many different ways.
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>> reporter: today he told us his unemployment benefits are nearing their end and health insurance already running out. offering a reminder about the people like him still looking. >> it's not because people don't want to work. it's not because people are not trying. it's just matching skill sets and exact skill sets to the jobs that exist. >> reporter: that's right, it's not that they don't want it, they're just still having a hard time trying to find it. and, diane, it wasn't long ago we feared 10% unemployment. but another great sign today, temporary hiring is up and they always say that's a leading indicator for better numbers to come. >> that the companies still need more people. david muir, thank you. and we'll see you again in a moment about "made in america." but overseas now, to libya, where gadhafi forces launched furious attacks on opponents. it's almost three weeks now into the crisis there, and abc's miguel marquez is in tripoli again tonight. >> reporter: today, gadhafi's military unleashed with full force. west of tripoli
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in the contested town of sawai, chaos. protesters take cover as government forces open fire with live ammunition. reports of dozens dead. just east of tripoli, this was the scene. government forces firing tear gas and rubber bullets on a small group of protesters brave enough to speak out. they fought back with rocks. tonight, the capital, tripoli, remains under tight control of gadhafi. the rebels hold eastern libya, including the all-important oil fields. a reality gadhafi's government doesn't acknowledge. to prove their point, they took us to zayiwah oil refinery near the town attacked today. to get there, it was all back roads, steering clear of anti-gadhafi areas. once out of zayiwah, signs of gadhafi's support seemed to come out of nowhere. we're on the way back to tripoli and we've just come across a rally right in the middle of the road. they've stopped the bus that we're on. it's a pro-gadhafi rally.
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clearly, the signal that they want to send is that the government is very much in control here. finally, on our return to tripoli, well after midnight, we saw clear signs this government is nervous and taking no chances. tanks on every corner, along every street and at every intersection. the government here pulling out all stops to protect the capital. now willing to use any force necessary to end the rebellion. and the fighting here could go on for weeks, if not months. gadhafi does have a large and loyal base of support. but unless something happens to change the balance, something like tens of thousands of protesters on the streets here in tripoli, willing to die, colonel gadhafi could still come out on top. diane? >> miguel marquez reporting in tonight. and we move on now to something on a different front. we want to tell you about a very strange food fight under way between democrats and republicans in washington. it's a duel in the capitol hill
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cafeteria. jon karl explains. >> reporter: when nancy pelosi became speaker, this was her pet project. she replaced the greasy french fries, or freedom fries, as the republicans called them, bringing in locally grown organic food and lots of recycling. she made everything about this cafeteria more environmentally friendly. everything is recyclable. compostable. no more plastic. these forks and knives are made out of a corn-based material now. the problem is it doesn't always work so well. you see the spoons, well, they tend to melt after awhile when they've been in your soup. now republicans say enough is enough. they've had it with the flimsy utensils, the array of recycling bins and the 475,000 bucks a year it costs to truck it all out to a composting facility in virginia. >> it's one of those things, it didn't work. it takes more energy, it cost taxpayers more money, it doesn't work, and who wants forks that
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dissolve when you're eating? >> reporter: earl blumenauer, a congressman who rides to work on his bicycle, is fighting back. are you upset to see this go? >> we will not go quietly into the night. ultimately, this is what america will do. this is progressive employers are doing. if congress wants to set an example by taking a step backward, so be it. >> reporter: it's not just the cafeteria. pelosi had set out to make the capitol a beacon of environmentalism, installing energy-efficient lights and making plans to install solar panels. republicans are cutting all of it. starting this week, all that biodegradable stuff has been thrown out, replaced by styrofoam and plastic. so, not only will the spoon no longer dissolve in your soup, it's probably going to last in a landfill somewhere for thousands and thousands of years. diane? >> okay, jon. that was one sad spoon earlier. and still ahead on "world news," a basketball star, a last-minute winning shot, and then the crowd watches in horror as the star athlete dies. it's a medical detective story.
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leonard later died at the hospital. doctors said it was sudden cardiac arrest, due to an enlarged heart. in an enlarged heart, the electrical signal can short circuit, stopping the heart from beating. the condition often goes undetected. while leonard suffered from a relatively rare disorder, it is estimated as many as 1 in 350 kids may have dangerous underlying heart conditions. doctors say athletes are the most vulnerable to sudden cardiac arrest, due to heavy stress on their bodies. >> it is about once every three days in the u.s. that a high school or college-age athlete may die on the playing field typically from a heart condition. >> reporter: experts say the solution is to screen children as early as middle school, giving them ekgs. and equipping school gyms with defip lay or the defibrillators. wes' coaches and
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teammates struggle to make sense of this loss. >> i can't put into words because it's -- it's just tearing me up. because he was just a special kid with a passion that you just don't get to see all the time. >> just having him around was, like, he was always, like, a happy person, like, he was never said. never mad. just happy, happy, happy, happy, happy. >> reporter: a young man whose dreams cut short. abbie boudreau, abc news. and coming up here, do you know about the t.e.d. conference? and ideas that can change your life? let fidelity help you find the answers. our investment professionals work with you to help you make the most of your retirement and enjoy the life you've saved for. fidelity investments.
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question of creating more jobs in america and looking closely at what we buy that is made in america. well, tonight, as a salute to all the men and women who are determined to make america still the country to beat. >> reporter: what stunned the usrys this week -- >> table's made in india. >> bangladesh. >> reporter: where is your couch made from? china. was a wakeup call for thousands of you who wrote in -- >> made in china. >> reporter: and sent in your own moments from all over the country. in philadelphia, the phillies fan and his hat, made in china. from the lone star state -- >> we take our cowboy boots very seriously. even they were made abroad. >> reporter: viewers telling channel 8 in dallas they were turning things upside down for the first time. channel 6 in philadelphia. >> i'm going to really check the labels from now on. >> reporter: viewers reaching out to channel 7 in san francisco. so many viewers responding to the usry home and that american makeover. finding american replacements for the bedroom. relatively easy.
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the living room, a little harder. but we found what we needed. >> reporter: but the kitchen? belly up. the only 100% made in america appliances came with a whopping price tag. hi, i'm triping to find out -- and the coffee maker. we couldn't find one, but last night, a viewer e-mailed us, telling us we missed one. the bunn-o-matic. so we called. it was assembled here. but all the parts from overseas. but it wasn't the only thing we struck out on. we couldn't find a single light bulb made in america. we also couldn't find a single tv. so, where that was, there's now a picture of a texas long horn. but are these areas where america should even compete? >> we shouldn't try to compete for every product. we don't need to be the tv maker for the rest of the world. >> reporter: nearly a dozen christ economists told us that we're part of a global economy now, we have to be to survive.
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but they added this. that buying at least something made in america will create jobs here. they say one does not hurt the other. >> i don't even think we're close to a tipping point. all this being equal, if we went out and bought more american, that would support and create more jobs here. >> reporter: economists told us, think about products that are considered multipliers. that require multiple american workers from start to finish. the most obvious, a car. but it could also mean the usrys end table. from the lumberjack standing at that tree to the assembly line worker to the woman polishing the table. >> reporter: so many of you told us you're now thinking about those workers who proudly sent us that message. made in america. who furnished that home on snow white drive. >> made in america! >> our thanks to the usrys. whole team is here. >> reporter: the whole neighborhood came out. i wanted to show you something else, diane, the map. these are the companies that we reached out to for the "made in america" effort. and look at the next set of stars. these are all the companies that
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reached out to us, saying they are up to the challenge. they say they can compete with china and everyone else, but for the few dollars that americans have to spend. >> reporter: we really wanted this to be a wakeup call for people. to look at their items. i did it myself. i went through my son's toy box to find out if there was anything made in america. not a single toy left in that chest when i was done. and this morning, wyatt was just left to bang on some pots and pans. our neighbors love us right now. >> well, on that front, next week, we're going to go out on the street and say to people, take off everything that wasn't made in america. do you know what was made in america? within the bounds of decency. and ask some provocative questions about which part of the garment business do we want to return to and power up again. but as you know, we started this, this whole thing, with jon karl on capitol hill, going to souvenir shops where he found even the flag pin was made abroad? >> reporter: absolutely. and diane, i caught up with the senator that first started complaining about these made in china soouf neerps. and he asked the smithsonian to
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buy made in america. we want back and talked to him. here's what he said. they told me this is too expensive to get -- >> we're looking into it. i don't believe it. and the answer is -- >> reporter: you're going to demand them do something. >> we're going to demand they buy these products made in america. we're talking to manufacturers right now, yes. >> reporter: senator sanders is meeting with the head of the smithsonian on tuesday. diane, i'll let you know what happens. >> cannot wait. thank you, jon. and as we said, we're just getting started. so, keep your letters coming to us and your e-mails. and thank you for watching tonight. don't forget to watch "20/20" later this evening. and we are always on at and david will be here this new video of another bad san francisco drug raid y the unit has been suspended. >> bay area unemployment picture, thousands of people out of work. tonight where the jobs are.
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>> demonstrators disrupt the foreclosure process. the new batch of homes goes up for bid on court house steps. >> and the governor brings his campaign for a vote on taxes to bay area business leaders. good evening, a unit of plain-clothed police officers suspended tonight in san francisco. >> this is after another accusation of illegal drug raids and misconduct. >> the fbi launched its own investigation into all of this. vick? >> there has been a lot of developments today on this story. and that includes another drug case which the district attorney dropped because the possible police misconduct. >> we've had two cases that were dismissed and here is a third. >> the public defender says this security video shows a third drug bust in which some of the same officers raided another hotel room.
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